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2nd Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit

2014 Event

The 2nd annual Skills and PSE Summit featured a combination of keynote speakers, participant dialogue, interactive presentations, and delegate-expert sharing to give Summit participants unique insights on how we can better develop the educated, highly skilled population urgently required by our businesses, economy, and society.

Delegates received a copy of the pre-draft Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada and had the opportunity to contribute to interactive discussions and consultations to provide their input on key issues related to the content, development, and implementation of the Strategy.

Featured Speakers from the 2014 event

Photo of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Governor General of Canada

Photo of Carl Amrhein

Dr. Carl G. Amrhein
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
University of Alberta

Photo of Denise Amyot

Denise Amyot
President and Chief Executive Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada

Photo of Cathy Belanger

Cathy M. Belanger
Business Teacher Longfields-Davidson HSS
Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Photo of Leanne Bellegarde

Leanne M. Bellegarde
Director, Aboriginal Strategy

Photo of Robert Birgeneau

Dr. Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor Emeritus; Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Photo of Michael Bloom

Dr. Michael Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

Photo of Serge Buy

Serge A. Buy
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Career Colleges

Photo of Sarah Anson-Cartwright

Sarah Anson-Cartwright
Director, Skills Policy
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Photo of Jonathan Champagne

Jonathan Champagne
Executive Director
Canadian Alliance of Students Association

Photo of Robert Gillett

Robert C. Gillett
Former President
Algonquin College

Photo of David Helfand

Dr. David J. Helfand
President and Vice-Chancellor
Quest University Canada

Photo of Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Algonquin College

Photo of Marc Lijour

Marc Lijour
Director, Education
Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Photo of Allan Paul O'Dette

Allan Paul O'Dette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Photo of Diana MacKay

Diana S. MacKay
Executive Director, Education, Skills, and Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

Photo of Emmanuel Piec

Emmanuel Piec
Director, Technical Services
Bombardier Transportation

Photo of Donna Quan

Donna Quan
Director of Education
Toronto District School Board

Photo of Christine Tausig-Ford

Christine Tausig-Ford
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Photo of Shaun Thorson

Shaun Thorson
Chief Executive Officer
Skills Canada

Photo of Valerie Walker

Dr. Valerie Walker


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

Max Bell Foundation logo

Cisco Canada logo

Pearson Canada logo

Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education logo

Canadian Council for Chief Executives logo

Ryerson University logo

Tribal Group logo

Canadian Association for Co-operative Education logo

University of Victoria logo

Data on the Spot logo

Marketing Partners

ABC Life Literacy Canada logo

Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers logo

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education logo

Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) logo

Canadian Bureau for International Education logo

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education logo

Career Development Association of Alberta logo

Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission logo

Canadian Society for Training and Development logo

Council of Educators of Toronto logo

Council of Ontario Universities logo

Durham Workforce Authority logo

Enactus logo

Forum for International Trade Training logo

Information and Communications Technology Council logo

Institute of Public Administration of Canada logo

Magnet logo

Mitacs logo

National Association of Career Colleges logo

New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists logo

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation logo

Skills Canada BC logo

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador logo

Skills Canada NWT logo

Skills Canada Nova Scotia logo

Toronto District School Board logo

Workforce Planning Ontario logo

Centre for Skills and Post Secondary Education (SPSE)

The SPSE is a major five-year initiative that will address Canada’s advanced skills needs by helping to renew the roles, structure, activities and impact of the post-secondary education (PSE) system, while ensuring its operational sustainability.

Social Media



“Excellent organization. Fabulous content. Great networking opportunities. Right approach to address the challenges. Well done!”

“Great first day with lots of information received and opportunities to network.”

“My congratulations to Diana et all for the opening morning. It was, for me, the best conference opening I’ve experienced in 20 years. Right speakers, well-briefed, great topics, seamlessly integrated. I learned a lot. Thanks.”

“First time attendee learning quiet a lot—good info.”

“Excellent overall, don’t change anything, or if you are changing something, be careful.”

“Good opportunity to network between PSE, Industry and Government.”

“A fantastic summit—long overdue conversations between education and employers.”

“Keep up the good work!”

“The conference was excellent. I learned a great deal and was inspired by the conversations and action oriented focus. Well done!”